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  1. Walgreens fatal shooting victim was targeted, attorney saysRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Dec 13 | LA Independent

    A 21-year-old man who was fatally shot by a security guard at a Hollywood Walgreens store was not shoplifting, but was targeted because he was black and gay, an attorney for the man's family said Dec. 11. Jonathan Hart, 21, who was homeless and was also known as Sky Young, was fatally shot at 8:10 p.m. Dec. 2 inside the store at Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street. The guard allegedly claimed that Hart was shoplifting.

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  2. City agrees to keep 14 of 18 trees on Cherokee StreetRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Dec 13 | LA Independent

    Activists who helped save a group of ficus trees in Hollywood from destruction praised the city's move Dec. 7 to halt their removal, while also pointing to a recent report from a nonprofit that is critical of Los Angeles' urban forestry management as proof that more resources are needed for tree protection. The trees on the 1200 block of Cherokee Avenue were scheduled to be cut down according to a summer report from the Bureau of Street Services, which said the removals were needed in order to fix the sidewalks, but Councilman David Ryu last week announced a plan to save 14 of the 18 trees.

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  3. Suspect in Trader Joe's shooting to represent himselfRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 15, 2018 | LA Independent

    A man accused of triggering a gun battle that resulted in a Trader Joe's assistant manager being shot to death by Los Angeles police, and a subsequent standoff inside the Silver Lake store where he allegedly took more than a dozen people hostage, will be allowed to act as his own attorney, a judge ruled Nov. 7. During a late-afternoon court session, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gustavo Sztraicher granted Gene Evin Atkins' request to represent himself on murder and other charges after warning the 28-year-old defendant that it was, in his opinion, "almost always an unwise decision to represent yourself" and that the case against him was being handled by an experienced criminal prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef.

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  4. Nancy O'Dell to lead Hollywood Christmas ParadeRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 11, 2018 | LA Independent

    Entertainment journalist Nancy O'Dell of Entertainment Tonight will be grand marshal of the 87th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, organizers announced Oct. 8. The parade, which is described as the largest Christmas celebration in America, will take place in Hollywood at 5 p.m. Nov. 25, presented and produced by Associated Television International in association with the city of Los Angeles, according to news release issued by organizers. The Christmas Parade will be the subject of a two-hour special on The CW Network Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. The telecast will be hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams, with special co-hosts Elizabeth Stanton and Garrett Clayton, the news release said.

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  5. Pink's receives city square designationRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 4, 2018 | LA Independent

    Pink's Hot Dogs, the popular and longtime restaurant at La Brea and Melrose avenues, had its corner officially named "Pink's Square" Sept. 27 by the city of Los Angeles.

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  6. West Hollywood to hold poetry reading at libraryRead the original story

    Oct 4, 2018 | LA Independent

    The city will host the first poet laureate of the city of Los Angeles, Eloise Klein Healy in a WeHo Reads program at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Healy will read from her new poetry collection, "Another Phase," and discuss her poetry with West Hollywood Poet Laureate Kim Dower. Healy was appointed the first poet laureate of the City of Los Angeles in 2012.

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  7. Garcetti still willing to work with Elon MuskRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 1, 2018 | LA Independent

    Mayor Eric Garcetti expressed support for Elon Musk and said he wants the city to keep pursing several large-scale projects with the tech tycoon's companies despite his eyebrow-raising behavior lately. The city of Los Angeles is in the process of evaluating several of Musk-backed projects, including a system of underground tunnels aimed at reducing surface level auto traffic through his Boring Company.

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  8. L.A. joins list of cities banning sale of fur productsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 21, 2018 | LA Independent

    The City Council moved forward Sept. 18 with a plan to become the largest city in America to ban the sale and manufacturing of nearly all fur products.

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  9. No new trial planned in sale of former conventRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 21, 2018 | LA Independent

    A judge said she will not hold any hearings for a new trial in the wake of a settlement between a Silver Lake businesswoman who agreed to collectively pay $6.5 million to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Katy Perry for interfering in the sale of a former Los Feliz convent to the singer. However, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Bowick said she will hold status conferences through 2021 for updates on whether Dana Hollister is making her scheduled settlement payments.

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  10. Southland residents remember Sept. 11 terrorist attacksRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 13, 2018 | LA Independent

    Solemn gatherings were held across the Southland Sept. 11 to mark the 17th anniversary of the Sept.

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  11. Trader Joe's shooting victim's family angry with LAPDRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 6, 2018 | LA Independent

    Los Angeles police have released additional video footage and audio recordings from the July 21 chase and gun battle that ended with the fatal shooting of a Silver Lake Trader Joe's assistant manager by pursuing officers. But the family of the assistant manager - 27-year-old Melyda Corado - blasted the Los Angeles Police Department for what they called an orchestrated effort to frame the events that led to her death, and the agency's alleged refusal to turn over requested video and documents.

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  12. Appeals court rules Target construction may resumeRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 31, 2018 | LA Independent

    A California appeals court cleared the way for construction to resume on a long-stalled, partially built Target store in Hollywood Aug. 23, ruling in favor of the city of Los Angeles over some neighborhood groups whose legal actions halted the project in 2014. The 2nd District Court of Appeal reversed previous rulings by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Richard L. Fruin, including that the city violated its own rules when the City Council gave special permission for the store to be built higher than neighborhood zoning laws allow, and that the city's environmental impact report on the project was deficient and therefore violated the California Environmental Quality Act.

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  13. City to show Hollyhock House in virtual realityRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 23, 2018 | LA Independent

    An online virtual reality tour of the Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Art Park is set to debut this fall, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs announced Aug. 20. The City Council approved $133,000 in funding last year to produce the online virtual reality tour due of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in East Hollywood, which was built before the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Because it is a National Historic Landmark, it cannot be altered to increase accessibility.

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  14. West Hollywood supports bill to extend bar hoursRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 16, 2018 | LA Independent

    A bill under consideration in the state Legislature that would allow alcohol to be sold in bars past 2 a.m. in seven cities including Los Angeles was opposed Aug. 6 by City Councilman Paul Koretz and a group of activists who said it could lead to more drunk driving accidents and other problems. Senate Bill 905, was expected to be considered by the Assembly Appropriations Committee Aug. 8 and has the support of most of the mayors of the cities it would impact, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, West Hollywood Mayor John Duran, Palm Springs Mayor Robert Moon, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

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  15. Academy plans changes after re-electing BaileyRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 16, 2018 | LA Independent

    John Bailey has been re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and he is planning on some big changes. In a letter sent to Academy members, Bailey and CEO Dawn Hudson announced that the annual telecast will be held to a firm three hours, in part by presenting awards in some yet-to-be-determined categories during commercial breaks in the telecast.

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  16. Activists seek restraining order to save ficus treesRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 10, 2018 | LA Independent

    A judge struck down an effort by some activists to get a temporary restraining order against the city of Los Angeles and stop it from removing trees as part of its $1.3 billion sidewalk repair program. The groups United Neighborhoods for Los Angeles and Eastside Nature Alliance had sought the restraining order in Los Angeles Superior Court, arguing that the city's plans to cut down about 18 ficus trees on the 1200 block of North Cherokee Avenue in Hollywood and six camphor trees in the 600 block of W. 48th St. in South L.A. was in need of a full environmental impact review as part of the California Environmental Quality Act, although the restraining order would have applied citywide.

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  17. Officer fired bullet that killed Trader Joe's managerRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 26, 2018 | LA Independent

    The bullet that killed a Silver Lake Trader Joe's assistant manager during a police gun battle with a man who took more than a dozen people hostage inside the store was fired by a police officer, not the suspect, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore confirmed July 24. "This is a heart-breaking reminder of the split-second decisions that officers must make every day," an emotional Moore said during a morning news conference. "And it is also a sobering reminder of the destruction a lone individual with a handgun can create."

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  18. City uses code to clear vendors from Hollywood BoulevardRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 26, 2018 | LA Independent

    The Hollywood Walk of Fame has long been a place where street vendors sell food, T-shirts and novelty items, but the city of Los Angeles is beginning in earnest to enforce a program to push most of them off the busiest part of the boulevard by enforcing a section of the city's code that prohibits the storage of bulky items in the public right of way. The code, known as 56.11, has traditionally been used to prevent homeless encampments on sidewalks but will now be used to confiscate the items of street vendors on the Walk of Fame who set up tables or large carts to sell their goods.

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  19. Michel Moore is sworn in as LAPD's 57th chiefRead the original story

    Jul 5, 2018 | LA Independent

    One day after he was unanimously confirmed by the City Council, Assistant Chief Michel Moore was sworn in by Mayor Eric Garcetti as the 57th chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. Among those on hand for the June 28 ceremony at the Los Angeles Police Academy were former LAPD chiefs Charlie Beck and William Bratton.

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  20. CBS Television City given historical statusRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 29, 2018 | LA Independent

    CBS Television City, the legendary and still-functioning studio where such iconic series as "The Carol Burnett Show" and "All in the Family" were filmed, was granted historic-cultural monument status by the Los Angeles City Council June 26, although the designation is limited mostly to the exterior of the main building. The application for monument status was filed by the nonprofit Los Angeles Conservancy last year amid reports that the sprawling complex may be put up for sale by CBS.

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